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After an injury caused her to quit from the Rothesay Open in Nottingham after only 36 minutes of her match against Viktorija Golubic, Emma Raducanu revealed on Tuesday that she had “no idea” if she would be fit in time for Wimbledon later this month.
Raducanu took a three-minute injury timeout at the end third game, in which she won 2-1 by holding her serve. However, her opponent reeled off the next three games while Raducanu received additional attention from the physio at every change. The early signs were that her problem had been resolved. On her comeback, she immediately broke the Golubic serve for the second time, even though her opponent reeled off the next three games. At the same time, Raducanu received additional attention from the physio at every change.
At the brginning of her fourth game, she barely pushed towards Golubic’s return, lost it with a poor forehand into the net, and told the umpire she would not be able to continue a few moments later.
Raducanu says her latest ailment had nothing to do with her back problem earlier this year, but it meant she “couldn’t do anything” on the court.
Raducanu’s return to Nottingham, the event where she began her professional career a year ago, came to a dreadful end.
Raducanu’s first-round loss to Harriet Dart in 2021 gave little indication of what was to come, as she advanced to the fourth round of Wimbledon a few weeks later before winning the US Open in September becoming the first qualifier to win a grand slam event in the open era.
Since her victory in New York, Raducanu has suffered from blisters and a back condition and contracted Covid-19 in December. She’ll compete in the Rothesay Classic in Birmingham next week, and Wimbledon starts on June 27.